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The goal of the Inclusive Graduate Education Network is to increase the number of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students that complete a graduate degree in the physical sciences. IGEN member societies (the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Physical Society partner with academic departments committed to providing intentional support, mentoring, and access to resources for their graduate students. These academic departments are recognized by IGEN as Bridge Programs for their efforts to support students as they move from undergraduate to graduate studies. 

Interested students can apply now to these Bridge Programs through the free IGEN Bridge Application Portal, where their applications are circulated to over 80 Reviewing Departments committed to fostering the success and retention of underrepresented students. 

Applications are currently being accepted.  Complete your application by March 15, 2024 in order to ensure your application will be reviewed by as many institutions as possible.


Eligibility for the disciplinary society bridge programs varies; however, for all the programs applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (some programs may consider students who are part of the DACA program)
  • have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, Earth and space sciences or related disciplines
  • not have a PhD
  • not have accepted a graduate admission offer in the current academic year (Submit an application even if you are waiting to be notified about acceptance into a graduate school program)


The NSF INCLUDES Alliance: Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) is a partnership of over 30 societies, institutions, organizations, corporations, and national laboratories poised to lead a paradigm shift in increasing the participation of Black, Latinx and Indigenous students who enter graduate or doctorate level programs in the physical sciences. Its mission is to raise doctoral degree attainment rates of these groups in the physical sciences to match their bachelors degree attainment rates. We will eliminate this disparity by both reducing barriers to access and improving the quality of minoritized students’ mentoring and experiences.

The NSF INCLUDES Alliance: IGEN is a part of the NSF INCLUDES National Network of individuals, organizations and alliances striving to broaden participation in STEM. "NSF INCLUDES envisions a nation where everyone has opportunities for success in STEM."

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